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David Downing Trevor Prideaux was born in Lynton, North Devon where he was the youngest son of nine siblings. He is the founder of the Turnip Prize. He lives in Somerset.

Roy Weekz, FRSA, critic, TV personality, aesthete was born in Dagenham and ran away as quickly as possible. He attended the Slade School of Art and in 1966 became Director of the Pretentious Gallery, Soho. He has been a noted TV art critic since the early 1980s, presenting acclaimed series including Splat! Comprehending the Incomprehensible  (1986) and It’s Essentially Bollocks, Innit? A Critic’s Guide to Contemporary Art Criticism (1993). He lives in London.


The Turnip Prize is a spoof UK art award satirising the less well known Turner Prize. It started in 1999 when Tracey Emin's ‘My Bed’ won the Turner Prize and the astounded residents of the small village of Wedmore in Somerset started their own competition in the belief that they would be able to produce deliberately bad-yet-better modern art.

The competition is based on the supposition ‘We know it's rubbish, but is it art?’. Competitors submit entries of ridiculous objects posing as contemporary art, mostly made from junk, garlanded with spoofs or puns. Credit is given for entries containing the best puns and for displaying ‘considerable lack of effort’. The annual winner is awarded a turnip impaled on a rusty six-inch nail.

The Turnip Prize was first held at The George Inn, Wedmore in 1999 and 2000. It was held in Wedmore Public Conveniences in 2001, The Trotter Inn, Crickham in 2002. Since 2003 it has been held in The New Inn, Wedmore.

Entries for the competition are accepted from 1st November each year with the winner is announced in December. Over the years, The Turnip Prize has attracted national and international acclaim featuring in Spain, Russia and the USA. It is regularly covered by BBC and Channel 4 News and by the national press.

The Turner Prize is ageist as they do not allow nominations from artists over fifty years old. The Turnip Prize welcomes entries from all ages.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: The Best of the Turnip Prize (Octopus, Hachette UK 2016).